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The International Socialist Tendency (IST) is a current of revolutionary socialist organisations, based in different countries, which share a political outlook and seek to help each other by exchanging experience and practical support.

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Egyptian army arrests Sameh Naguib

Friday 10th February 2012

Centre for Socialist Studies
10 February 2012

A group of armed civilians in cooperation with the military police attacked a group of Revolutionary Socialists a short while ago. Sameh Naguib, labor lawyer Haitham Mohammedein, and human rights lawyer Ahmed Mamdouh were attacked while participating in a march in Alexandria, after which Naguib was turned over to the headquarters of the military governor on the military base at Ras al Tin.

Following word of the news, Kamal Khalil, Revolutionary Socialist and founder of the Democratic Workers and Farmers Party, chanted in the march headed to the Ministry of Defense in eastern Cairo, "Release him, open up, release him, Sameh is one of us and we will not leave him."

The attack on the Revolutionary Socialists comes after an intense defamation campaign undertaken by the military council in conjunction with the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. The most recent offensive ...

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Egypt: Appeal for International Solidarity Mobilisation

Monday 21st November 2011

A call for international solidarity with protests in Egypt

Hundreds of thousands of protesters are braving tear gas, rubber bullets, water cannon and live ammunition in demonstrations against the ruling military council in Egypt. By late on 20 November there were an estimated 100,000 in Tahrir Square according to eyewitness accounts and thousands protesting in every major city in Egypt. Their demands are clear: the downfall of Marshal Tantawi and Mubarak’s generals. As of Sunday 5 people at least had been killed and around 1000 injured.

The Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions issued a call on Saturday 19 November to its 1.4 million members in affiliated unions to join the protests in Tahrir.

Our brothers and sisters in Egypt inspired us all with their courage over the past ten months. Without them, would we have seen the Occupy movement? How would our own struggles against austerity and cuts look ...

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Egypt's Revolutionary Socialists: "We call for a single unified committee to lead the General Strike."

Tuesday 6th September 2011

Summary of a statement by Egypt's Revolutionary Socialists, issued 5 September 2011

  1. We cannot ignore the role of the working class and its struggles over the past five years, or its role during the Egyptian revolution. It was the wave of strikes that paralyzed the regime in the final week of Husni Mubarak's reign.
  2. Today the working class is putting the revolution back on the road. The important centers of the working class have announced a number of strikes due to begin over the next few days.
    The strikes are in defense of the right of workers to a fair wage, humane working conditions and against corruption and the dominance of Mubarak placemen in institutions and public bodies.

 

  1. These strikes are being spearheaded by the textile workers of Mahalla al-Kubra; teachers and lecturers; health workers; workers in aviation, transport and other sectors.
  2. The struggle of workers was not only a major episode ...
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